Concerns from parents attempting to navigate back to school traffic at Flint Hill Elementary may have dissipated, but road worries are far from over for Airport Road and Ga. Highway 142.
Initial traffic on Ga. 142 was backed up significantly on Aug. 4-5 - the first days of school, at times stretching past the Orchard Park subdivision. However by Wednesday afternoon, things seemed to be much better at Flint Hill Elementary.
Dennis Carpenter, Deputy Superintendent for Operations, said the school system provided traffic studies to the county.
The school system also included acceleration/deceleration lanes in front of the school and on school property, which is a requirement for the school system.
Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan said in an email that the county had completed phase one of improvements on Airport Road, and are currently designing improvements to Ga. Highway 142 that will require approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation. If approved, those will be completed as phase two later this year or early spring. Phase three will reportedly improve Airport Road and the county will work around the school system schedule next spring or summer break.
"The sheriff has posted several deputies to direct traffic for the initial beginning of the school year," said Morgan's email. "We will monitor for several weeks and adjust as needed. We are working with the Newton County School System to create and maintain safe routes to school."